Life

  • Thousands of Japanese Buddhist temples left 'priestless'

    Nearly 13,000 lack resident leaders as depopulation gnaws at community pillars

  • Bangkok's famous street food scene turns sour

    Government to sweep thousands of vendors from prime spots in push to 'clean up' city

  • Osaka studio offers multilingual lessons in Japanese cooking

    Instructors teach tourists how to make sushi and tempura in English and Chinese

  • Chinese, Americans, French venture farther distances in Japan

    JR East, NTT Data survey shows travel habits of visitors of tourists

  • Hong Kong's fresh retail chicken shops may make a comeback

    With fears of bird flu allayed, the government backtracks on live poultry

  • North Korea soccer profile rising despite sanctions

    Striker joins top Italian club as national youth teams win global success

  • Payatas scavengers squeeze a living from Manila's waste

    The Philippines 'second Smokey Mountain' looks grim, but is surprisingly vibrant

  • Burger vans muscle in on Thai food stalls

    Iconic street food culture shunned as government seeks to boost tourism

  • Duterte, Didi's Jean Liu make 'Time 100' list

    Famous faces from politics to arts on annual list of world's most influential people

  • Interview

    Formula E still sputtering in Japan

    CEO says it's the wave of the future, but Japanese automakers have yet to roll

  • Skater Mao Asada's retirement highlights pressure on Japan's sports stars

    Winning personality made her Japan's leading sports idol, retirement underscores relentless public expectations

  • Tokyo dojo gives overseas visitors the chance to stay sharp

    Tourists in search of new experiences try their hand with samurai swords

  • Japanese rice balls take on new flavors in Southeast Asia

    Localized varieties of 'onigiri' are getting popular in Singapore and Malaysia

  • American students lose interest in China studies

    Concerns about pollution, work opportunities take toll on enrollment

  • Art initiative highlights Australia's conflicted stance on nuclear weapons

    A touring exhibition reminds Australians that the nuclear issue is as vital today as in the 1950s

  • Mao Asada's retirement helps toymaker twirl up orders

    Tomy doll wears re-creation of skater's Sochi Olympics costume

  • Japanese figure skater Asada 'gave her all,' has no regrets

  • Sanitary breakthrough brings hygiene and work to rural India

    Cheap and environmental product set to improve lives and reduce landfill

  • Figure skater Asada's retirement reported in South Korea, China

  • A fairer outlook for darker skin in India

    Campaigns against lightening creams challenge long-held views on skin color